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The City of Richmond and Volta to Offer Free Public Electric Vehicle Charging

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For the First Time in California, a Local Government is Partnering with Volta to Provide Free Charging for Electric Vehicle Drivers Without Spending Taxpayer Money

RICHMOND, Calif., (July 29, 2020) – The City of Richmond today announced a partnership with Volta, the industry leader in innovative electric vehicle charging networks. Volta will provide the first free electric vehicle charging stations on a public right of way in California that are not funded by taxpayer dollars. The stations are located next to the BART parking garage at 1501 MacDonald Avenue and images of the location are here.

“We are proud to power Volta, whose mission to accelerate electric vehicle adoption aligns well with our city’s priority of cleaner air,” said Tom Butt, Mayor of Richmond, California. “Available infrastructure is a critical factor in the shift towards electrifying transportation and we are eager to equip the Richmond community with utilities that support this shift, beginning with free public electric vehicle chargers at the local BART station.”

Volta’s digital, place-based media allows forward-thinking brand partners to reach high-value audiences in historically unavailable locations, while simultaneously driving the mission of sustainability forward.

“Volta is dedicated to making electric vehicle charging more accessible, and we applaud the City of Richmond’s Transportation Services Division for taking the initiative to provide free and convenient stations to its community,” said Scott Mercer, Founder and CEO of Volta. “The additional measure of providing the infrastructure without using taxpayer dollars highlights Richmond’s innovative approach to a cleaner, electrified future and we look forward to giving its residents the experience of free charging.”

The City of Richmond embraces emerging technologies and public-private partnerships that can improve service delivery, meet community needs, and reduce resource consumption, with the potential to foster key quality of life improvements across sectors. For more information regarding transportation public-private partnerships with the City of Richmond, please contact Denée Evans, Transportation Services Project Manager at (510) 621-1718 or

About Volta

For over a decade, Volta has been building a nationwide electric vehicle charging network to drive the world forward. Named after Alessandro Volta, the inventor of the electric battery, Volta’s award-winning charging stations benefit brands, consumers, and real-estate locations by providing valuable advertising space to businesses and free charging to drivers. Strategically located in places where consumers already spend their time and money, Volta’s chargers are currently the most used electric vehicle charging stations in the United States. Headquartered in San Francisco, Volta is bringing to communities the means of building a sustainable fueling network for the 21st century. To learn more, visit

July 29, 2020
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